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book coverThis season’s pick is 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez. Maria Luisa, known to friends and family as Malú, loves punk rock, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (but not cilantro). When her college-professor mom takes a new job, they move thousands of miles from her music-loving dad, who reminds her that everything will be ok as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

She learns more about her Mexican heritage and Chicanx influences on her favorite music genre from her new neighbors and eventually forms a band that auditions for the school talent show. But will the anti-punk school administration choose them to perform?

There will be plenty of chances to engage with the book at the library. Kids can read the book together, chat, try food from the story, and make art at weekly YDL-Superior and YDL-Whittaker Tween Reading Circles. Readers of all ages are invited to make zines at the Ypsi Writes 24-hour zine workshops. Kids can explore the traditional art of the Otomi and make Frida Kahlo inspired miniature shadow boxes at art workshops, knot a Mexican friendship bracelet, plus learn to make tamales and quesadillas, and more. At the final celebration, everyone is invited to the library for Mexican treats, hands-on art stations, and music!

Collage art zines are scattered throughout the book, pulling the reader through the story visually and making it feel like a graphic novel. And because the Family Read was designed to encourage families to unplug and read aloud together, there are many great conversation starters. Look for our discussion guide at the library to help start conversations and get ideas about how to extend learning. The First Rule of Punk touches on themes such as standing up for your right to express yourself, discovering your own identity and culture, fitting in at school, and that everyone’s voice counts.

The books we choose are appropriate for kids as young as 3rd grade but interesting enough for adults. Look at our complementary booklist for younger readers so everyone can be part of the fun.

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